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FOX News
Jan 5, 2013 10:00am PST
quote to mitch mcconnell for six, seven weeks the president would simply not budge one inch on cutting spending and had no interest in doing that. the republicans believed and i think they're probably right if they'd gone into 2013 without the tax issue resolved they'd be pummelled day after
MSNBC
Dec 31, 2012 6:00pm PST
minority leader mitch mcconnell yesterday, and helped forge a deal on taxes. the proposed deal worked out earlier today is said to raise $600 billion in revenue over the next decade through new tax increases on the wealthiest americans. the bush era tax rates would be extended for all single americans, with income below $400,000, and couples with income below $450,000. all income above those levels would be taxed at a clinton era top tax rate of 39.6%. and capital gains taxes above those amounts would also be increased up to 20% up from 15%. the deal is also said to include a permanent fix for the alternative minimum tax, and extends unemployment insurance for another year for two million americans. >>> there is some grumbling about the proposed deal from labor. in the last hour, richard trumka of the afl-cio tweeted the following -- we can't set the stage for further destabilizing hostage-taking from -- in the form of another debt ceiling crisis and another sequester crisis. joining me now from capitol hill by phone is nbc's kelly o'donnell. kelly, tell what's the latest is that you'
MSNBC
Dec 31, 2012 8:00pm PST
details with senate minority leader mitch mcconnell. here is what we know about the potential deal as of right now. current bush era tax cuts will expire for individuals with an income over $400,000, also for couples with an income over $450,000. unemployment benefits will be extended. the sequester, automatic spending cuts that would hit a wide range of government programs, including department of defense, will be dedelayed for a two-month period and be paid for with a 50/50 split on tax increases and spending cuts. joining us now is kelly o'donnell what have you learned with the vice president's meeting with senate democrats? >> we were able to talk to some within the meeting, they are in a bit of waiting game, in part because of the legislation, being turned into an actual test that will have the lengtext tha language. and the budget office will give it a score what it will cost the government to do this. at this very late hour, many people at work here at the capitol hill and going over that now. the vice president was able during his meeting with democrats to walk through the pro
MSNBC
Jan 5, 2013 11:00am PST
a laser in the coming months as negotiations continue. mitch mcconnell look at the incoming class of house republicans as well who voted, many of them against the bill on friday that provided $9 billion in flood relief to sandy. they did it because there weren't spending cuts. >> jonathan, how is the fiscal cliff fight, how might that shape the debt ceiling fight for republicans? >> it's everything to them in terms of they feel as it was pointed out before that they didn't get the spending cuts they wanted. they see the debt ceiling coming up in the early couple of months of the year here as an opportunity for leverage to get those spending cuts that they didn't just get. the president of the united states says he's not going to play ball on that. he may unilaterally raise the debt and may lower the debt and there are a few options on the table so we'll have to see how that plays out. >> do you think he might invoke the constitution to prevent congress from holding him hostage? >> we have to see. the white house pretty much shut that down in december and november when there were disc
CNN
Dec 31, 2012 6:00pm PST
talks. he helped negotiate this deal with senate minority leader mitch mcconnell, but senato harry reid was very involved in all this, and the hold up for the last six some hours this evening, the republican leader, senate minority leader, mitch mcconnell, and the white house had fundamentally come to an agreement on principle, and there was this stall in the talks for the last hours tonight. it was because democratic leader harry reid was refusing to give in on some points that were very important to the democrats. and so he's won some concessions, and that should help make the vice president's sell even easier tonight. you know, there are some people saying, look, don't say we have a deal until you know, everyone signs on inside that room. now, what we know is that there is a deal in principle between reid, mcconnell, and the white house. that is the major hurdle they had to overcome, and it's now all but the selling, and of course, the voting, wolf. >> they have to draft it and put it in a form of legislation. dana bash is our senior congressional correspondent. is there anythin
PBS
Jan 4, 2013 8:00pm PST
equation. he even said this is now for harry reid and mitch mcconnell to decide and they couldn't either the when they actually did vote on new year's eve it undermined what has been the governing rule of the republicans for the past decade, which is nothing should pass without a majority vote and they didn't have a majority vote, and then immediately turned around to re-elect him speaker. it was never really in doubt. but i think having 12 votes, essentially 12 votes on the floor against -- against his speakership being re-elected with only 220 votes does not send a message of strength going into these next rounds. gwen: and mike, when all is said and done -- nice pen drop there! -- when all is said and didn't you president was still able to wrangle his basics. he wanted to be able to raise taxes on the wealthy, however you define wealthy, and he got that. >> certainly the white house and other democrats look at this and say this is a water shed moment. we got the democrats to break the cardinal, visceral value they have, raising taxes. the only problem is on new year's day taxes
MSNBC
Jan 26, 2013 12:00am PST
mitch mcconnell is gloating. we beat the liberals. senator bernie sanders is here to react. >>> conservatives said the market would die without mitt romney as president. >> the dow is sitting at this five-year high. it's actually been up for ten out of the last 11 sessions. >> we've got to stop being the stupid. >> bobby jindal. >> no, the republican party does not need to change its principles. >> with the same old lines. karen finney and eugene robinson take on the losing strategy. >>> senator saxby chambliss of georgia is a lame duck. tonight we look at his flawed legacy. >>> and more on the fallout from the pbs documentary "the untouchables." why isn't wall street on trial? mike papantonio, head of the national trial lawyers association is here to explain. good to have you with us folks, thanks for watching. the fight is on. the attempt to steal the next presidential election by stealing the electoral college are facing resistance, and the resistance is working. earlier today rnc chairman reince priebus was rewarded for his failures of the 2012 election by being reelect
MSNBC
Jan 1, 2013 5:00am PST
leader mitch mcconnell said the process wasn't pretty but it got the job done. >> each of us could spend the rest of the week discussing what a perfect solution would have looked like, but the end result would have been the largest tax increase in american history. so, it took an imperfect solution to prevent our constituents from a very real financial pain, but in my view, it was worth the effort. >> so, here's what in that imperfect bill. tax rates will rise for individuals making over $400,000 and couples making more than $450,000. high-end rates for the estate tax and the capital gains tax will rise. all of those elements will be made permanent. in addition, the alternative minimum tax, which is patched every year, will be fixed permanently. several tax credits, including ones for children, college tuition and earned income, will be extended for five years. and long-term unemployment benefits will be extended for a year. now, the big issue not addressed, those sequester spending cuts, which are simply being delayed for two months. nbc's capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnel
MSNBC
Dec 31, 2012 7:00pm PST
the last couple of months, but certainly over the last couple of days, with mitch mcconnell, trying to get an agreement with harry reid, it has been apparently successful now. joe biden behind closed door with, at least get it through sometime before dawn tonight, and let the house come in and wrestle with it on new year's day, melissa. >> well, as we speak, the vice president is there trying to speak to his own troops, if you will, who may be holding out their votes up for this deal. he has been with them for how long now, and is there any sort of word that you're hearing at all about how it is going? >> well, we haven't heard anything because all the senators, as far as i know have not come out of that meeting. he got up here about 50 minutes ago. he is meeting with those senators now. the $250,000 threshhold that was set forth by the president that the president campaign ed on. many on the left are disappointed that he has given in to a certain extent and allowed that to rise by $200,000 to $450,000. there are going to be some problems there, one that might help the feelings on t
Current
Jan 9, 2013 3:00pm PST
boehner meet poor mitch mcconnell, the club for republican leaders in need of a hug appears to have added a member. we'll be right back. jennifer granholm. >>it's a call to arms. make your voice heard. before the sneeze, help protect with a spray. before the tissue, help defend with a wipe. before the cold & flu season help prevent with lysol. because when you have 10 times more protection with each hand wash... and kill 99.9% of germs around the house with each spray... those healthy habits start to add up. this season, a good offense is the best defense and lysol has your family covered because that's our mission for health. ♪ >> jennifer: you're back inside "the war room." i'm jennifer granholm. i know i'm not going out on a limb by saying that senate minority leader mitch mcconnell is a very conservative republican. let's take a look at his voting record. he has repeatedly voted against a women's right to choose. he thinks there should be a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. he wants to overturn obamacare. he voted for banning affirmative action hiring and he has r
Current
Jan 25, 2013 3:00am PST
actually come to the floor and filibuster harry reid and mitch mcconnell agreed to a minor tinkering of the filibuster that, in effect makes no changes at all. i mean, look the senate is broken. why did harry reid and mitch mcconnell chicken out? doesn't make any sense. we will talk about that and a whole lot more on today's "full-court press," but first, we take time out to get the latest. today's current news update. and look at this. we stole her from stephanie miller, the one, the only the talented jacki checkschneckner. >> good morning, everybody. vice president biden is traveling to richmond virginia today along with homeland security secretary janet napitano to hold al roundtable conversation about the administration's plans to curb gun violence. bobby stein and experts who have been working gun safety issues since village tech in april, 2007 will be in attend as at virginia commonwealth university. it comes on the heels of biden's gom talk yesterday pushing for assault weapons in the wake of a natural disaster and possible ensuing chaos. he minced no words, his assertion that a
MSNBC
Jan 2, 2013 3:00am PST
mitch mcconnell. what mitch mcconnell was doing was what harry reid is incapable of doing. making something pass out of the senate that actually counts. so i don't blame mitch mcconnell. >> but he gave away a ton. the reason you have the bill you don't like is because mitch mcconnell agreed to it. >> no, this is the way american democracy works. the senate passes a bill. it is a democratic senate. that is a bill i would expect out of a democratic senate. then the republican house is supposed to pass its version of a bill, and then they compromise. what does harry reid do exactly? because he doesn't pass budgets. he certainly wasn't talking to joe biden trying to make something work in the democratic senate. what does that man do, and why is he so weak that he cannot get a democratic budget out of his chamber every year? and why are we paying him any money to work? why are americans paying democrats of the united states senate? >> why are we paying any of them? >> at least in the house, like paul ryan, the $11 trillion man, at least paul ryan passes a budget. >> thank you, paul. >>
PBS
Jan 5, 2013 12:30pm PST
republican senate minority leader mitch mcconnell negotiated the compromise that permitted the senate vote. the house was tight. 257-167. here are some elements. income tax rates on the wealthy, up. individuals who make more than $$400,000 per year and couples who make more than $450,000 per year. these americans will pay nearly 5% more in income taxes. capital gains taxes and dividend taxes, up. for those same high earners from a current 15% to 20%. income tax rates unchanged for everyone else. the rates stay the same. unchanged. but middle class citizens will take a tax hit. not in income taxes but higher payroll taxes. social security payroll taxes up 2%. on average, an extra $1,000 a year will be paid into social security by workers who make $50,000 per year. the percentage of u.s. households that will feel the pinch from these higher payroll taxes is 77%. question, why did 151 house republicans vote against this bill? why did joe biden strike a compromise with mitch mcconnell? pat buchanan? >> the republicans voted against it, john, because they made a commitment not to vote for
Current
Jan 2, 2013 3:00pm PST
mitch mcconnell got republican senator to agree to raise taxes, and john boehner allowed a vote in the house, when those things happen, this republican no, no no posture, resolved. at least an opportunity appeared. and once mitch mcconnell and john boehner stuck out their necks, of course president obama had to make a deal. he need to have a congress that he can work with. when one party steps out and asks you to the dance, you don't walk away unless you never ever want to dance with them again. that's what democracy is all about, compromise. even messy compromise. so we progressives, we need to get real. anyone who demands purity is just never going to get a deal. if you really want a perfect deal, then get more house progressives elected and make nancy pelosi speaker again in 2014. until then this is a step in the right direction. joining me now is michael tomski nice to have you back notice "the war room." >> nice to be here. happy new year. >> jennifer: happy new year to you. do you think progressives should be upset with this deal? >> no, i'm with you the whole way. i'll make
FOX News
Jan 6, 2013 10:00pm PST
has his hearings in washington. >> shannon: and jamie, senate minority leader mitch mcconnell says he's going to get a fair shake. he's going to get the tough questions, but we'll treat him fairly. sometimes covering washington ahead of the hearings, folks will say it's an allout war. do you think it comes true this time? >> i think there's going to be serious questions from, certainly the republican side, but i also think the democratic side. you've had not just mitch mcconnell say that and obviously he's trying to be diplomatic saying he'll get a fair hearing and i think he will. but a lot of questions regarding the stances. i think that some people see hagel as indicating, for instance, maybe a greater shift in the budget talks, i know we're going to get to that to cut defense department spending, because you have leon panetta, obama's current defense secretary and opposed to defense cuts and maybe with hagel, a signal that the obama administration might be moving towards pushing for defense cuts. so i think you'll he have a lot of pushback, certainly on the republican side of t
MSNBC
Jan 19, 2013 12:00am PST
no elected republicans elected a white house screening of "lincoln" last month. had mitch mcconnell, john boehner, lamar alexander attended, they were all invited, they would have joined not only nancy pelosi, harry reid but steven spielberg, tommy lee jones. as tip o'neill famously said about his political foe, ronald reagan, love the sinner. hate the sin. when president reagan would invite the speaker, tip o'neill over to the white house for drinks and raise a glass to one another. there's no shortage of parties planned around inauguration 2013. here is hoping it spills over to the next four years and both sides of the aisle make a move to be more social and more civil. and, hence, more productive. that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "the ed show" with ed schultz, starts right now. >>> good evening, americans. welcome "the ed show" from new york. republicans are raising the white flag. this is "the ed show." let's get to work. >> they will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the american economy. >> the republican game of chicken is over. eric cantore prop
MSNBC
Jan 24, 2013 6:00pm PST
reid and his counterpart republican leader mitch mcconnell set to announce a series of reforms on the senate floor that fall far short of their demands. one more? one more. >> we're going to change the rules. we cannot continue in this way. so i hope we can get something that that the republicans will work with us on but it won't be a handshake. we tried that last time. it didn't work. >> twharzry reid at the senate in december saying any deal to reform the filibuster would not be a handshake deal. today a "handshake agreement" is how roll call newspaper described a number of the filibuster reforms that harry reid agreed to with mitch mcconnell. wow. harry prooed. yeah. this was the day everybody had been wait forget in terms of changing how the senate operates. and if you hear sad trombones, that's why. on election day this year americans voted overwhelmingly to re-elect president obama four more years. that same day people also voted to re-elect senate democrats and to send a large number of them to congress, more than the re z republicans. more senate democrats than republicans
MSNBC
Jan 6, 2013 12:00pm PST
secretary. this is what mitch mcconnell said on "meet the press." >> views with regard to israel and iran and all of the other positions that he has taken over the years i think will be very much a matter of discussion during the confirmation process. >> you are not predicting smooth sailing for chuck hagel? >> i think it will boo be a lot of tough questions of senator hagel but he will be treated fairly. >> we haven't heard from a lot of chuck hagel friends on television over the last few weeks. we know there is resistance from republicans and we know jewish groups and gay community is talking about action. if the president does nominate him, is it a good gamble? >> you know, it is clearly a gamble because i think the white house, if it looks like they are going to put hagel forward they have to go out there and aggressively defend this nomination because those who oppose him have been vocalal and quick to be vocal. this is not going to be an easy nomination. i think there will be tough questioning. i think he probably gets confirmed because it is tough to say no the president's choice.
MSNBC
Jan 24, 2013 9:00pm EST
leader mitch mcconnell. here's how the great ezra klein at the "washington post" summed up what they agreed to and what was voted in in the senate tonight. "reid and mcconnell have come to a deal on filibuster reform. the deal is this -- the filibuster will not be reformed." what harry reid and mitch mcconnell agreed to today was a package of small changes that will marginally speed up business in the senate and will allow bills to be debated without as many opportunities to obstruct them. it will reduce the number of hours the senate has to wait before confirming judges and some cabinet nominees. but there is no challenge at all here to the minority's ability to force a supermajority vote on routine business as a matter of routine. the problem in the senate, right? has been that they are not able to get anything done. the improvement on that today is that now they're not going to be able to get anything done faster. nobody was ever talking about taking away the filibuster completely. idea was to make it something that hurt a little, that actually required some commitment, that
MSNBC
Jan 3, 2013 5:00pm PST
winning hand here. mitch mcconnell is leading the charge to get major concessions out of the president of the united states in exchange for a vote to increase the debt ceiling. mcconnell wrote an op-ed for yahoo news today saying the fiscal cliff fight represented "the last word on taxes. that debate is over. the strategy is only increase the debt limit if there is an equal amount of spending cuts. we simply cannot increase the nation's borrowing limit without committing to long overdue reforms to spending programs that are the very cause of our debt." that's what makes my blood boil. it is the wars that started all of this that they never paid for. so according to mcconnell, there will be no new revenue to reduce the deficit, just cuts to spending programs like the big three. he wants the president to play ball. or else the country will default on its debts, its good faith, and the united states around the world. mcconnell told his caucus members this -- "we will have the tount put our country back on sound financial footing and there's no excuse not to seize it." but the on
Current
Jan 3, 2013 6:00am PST
nothing. >> well, so far. >> stephanie: yeah. >> the thing that really scares me is mitch mcconnell. i think democrats might be okay if this was completely left up to the house republicans, democrats might be able to get themselves through this and be fine. mitch mcconnell now has all kinds of leverage and also some credibility on the republican side, and i think mitch mcconnell is taking the long view. and i think donald trump and others may be taking something of the short [ inaudible ]. yeah, republicans got killed in this round of negotiations just like when president obama got nothing last time around. i'm just a little worried that all of the things that might have helped the democrats are now gone and there you have mitch mcconnell saying. okay. here we go. you are going to cut government spending, or else it is going to be your fault -- >> stephanie: david. >> go ahead. >> stephanie: i think that it -- i think it can't be underestimated how huge it is that republicans had to vote enmass for tax increases on the rich. i don't care what grover norquist says no they didn't vote fo
FOX News
Dec 31, 2012 6:00pm PST
line after a long day of negotiating with senate republican leader mitch mcconnell. he told members earlier in the day he thought he had a done deal this morning and the white house called and said we want you to take the sequester cuts to domestic and defense spending off the table to get rid of them essentially. mcconnell said how about we do a two month extension on the sequester and pay for it in two months and find out in the two months how to pay for the cuts to make them go away rather than doing major damage to defense and domestic programs that democrats are worried about. a busy night here on capitol hill. crafting this into legislative language. the senate may still vote eventually later tonight and bottom line, vice president biden is here to dot hi i.s and cross the ts. >> let's review about the sequester and how this all started. a lot of people have been following this but some haven't frankly. even on new year's eve as we get ready to get up to the fiscal cliff deadline. the sequester was set up to be so unacceptable that members of both parties on both sides of the
FOX News
Dec 31, 2012 7:00pm PST
senate republican leader mitch mcconnell he got on the phone with vice president biden who is known for cutting deals and they worked through the night and senator mcconnell told colleagues he thought he had a deal with the vice president on the whole tax issue and then at the last minute the white house threw in the idea of putting off these automatic cuts set to start in 2013. the sequestration. the across-the-board cuts to defense spending, regardless of merit of program, just slashing each program and also domestic cuts as well. the republicans were thought to not like the defense cuts. democrats were thought not to like the domestic cuts and so they thought that they would be able to figure it out before it got to this point but here we are on new year's eve late into the evening and they had not cut a deal and so what senate republican leader mitch mcconnell did was offer a bunch of different pay fors, if you will to put off those cuts for two months to allow the next congress to figure out how to find more surgical cuts than essentially the automatic cuts that were due to kic
MSNBC
Jan 7, 2013 3:00pm PST
with me in any capacity. he'd make a great secretary of state. same john mccain. mitch mcconnell who says there will be tough questions for hagel. >>> is john mccain just a bitter man because president obama beat him and he's just bitter and keeps attacking whatever the president does and mitch mcconnell is still trying to live up to his saying that will make him a one-term president and in the second term, he's still trying to ruin the obama presidency? >> i think this is all a question of sour grapes. you said it first. leaving aside chuck hagel's qualifications, and he's as fine a man that ever served in the senate, number one. number two, not all of the good thing that is you dlelineated ad the president delineated, but he's probably done the most in the history of the senate. he's been e norronormously effe. i think guys like me who entered the army as privates, that warms our heart all over. he's a great pick. what you said correctly, reverend sharpton, wlen you said the president has the right to pick his own team. it's always been the tradition in america. unless there's some
FOX Business
Dec 31, 2012 9:00pm EST
package that mitch mcconnell is negotiating on their behalf without their leaders present. it is a ridiculous package. it does not work, and it will solve our long-term debt problems. gerri: i never have to guess at what you think. you are always clear isabela and entertaining. thank you for coming out tonight. have a great new year. >> happy new year. gerri: no votes in the house tonight. meanwhile, we go off the cliff tomoow. it does not applicable be a happy new year. our political panel place the blame game next. ♪ oh! blue! time! time out. i touched it i touched the ball before it went out, coach. come on, alex, the ref did not call that! you gotta be kidding me, alex! it's the championship game! talk to him, coach. i touched, it's their ball don't foul them wh they inbound. team on 'three.' one, two, three. nice going, alex. sorry coach. alex! good call. gerri: fiscal stiffed. that is of americans feel after congress failed to reach a deal on taxes and spending. as a result we are going of the fiscal cliff. joining me now, former adviser to president george w. bush and doug
MSNBC
Jan 2, 2013 7:00pm PST
active but invisible help of mitch mcconnell, who did his part to make sure that no republicans would vote against any of those nominations. and what did the united states senate do today? that dysfunctional united states senate? according to the news media, absolutely nothing. congress is closed down, nothing to report. but at 5:03 today, harry reid was on the senate floor doing this. >> i now ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to executive session and the help committee be discharged from further consideration of presidential nomination 1304. and that the senate proceed a vote without intervening action or debate on the motion, vote to be laid on the table with no intervening action or debate, and any statements related to this matter be printed in the record and the president immediately be notified of its action. >> how is that for drama? i love that, i could watch that all day. that was amazing. that was harry reid getting 100 votes for someone you have never heard of. to become commissioner of the labor statistics. at the end of the year, and only the end of the year
FOX Business
Dec 31, 2012 11:00pm EST
mitch mcconnell. they want this to be much lower rate is placed on the deal for individuals, $430,000 for married couples. what we're hearing now is the drafting is ongoing, national budget office is taking a look k at this to see exactly how much it is going to cost but as it is known with the impact of the deficit going to be, senator joe lieberman said a short while ago they will try to vote on this thing at some point this evening as we get closer, adam, less than an hour to go in the year 2012 there is no way this clears the senate and the house before the end of the new year. if the senate passes this tonight or sometime in the early morning hours the house will hol begin considering it tomorrow. there's no real outlook so far as to whether or not this is actually going to pass the house, too early to tell. they are basically saying the senate goes first and then the house. adam: have the senator from ohio saying he will vote for this. we have the senator from iowa, tom harkin, very liberal saying he will vote against it. we have to believe leadership in the senate bel
ABC
Jan 6, 2013 8:00am PST
quote with the white house, senate republican leader mitch mcconnell. thank you for joining us, senator. >> good morning, george. >> i know you think the deal you negotiated is imperfect and you want to fix it as we approach the debt limit. you say no increase in the debt limit without major cuts in spending. the president says he won't even negotiate over that. so to borrow general david petraeus' famous quote from the iraq war, how does this end? >> well, first let me say these last-minute deals are no way to run the government. we've known all of these deadlines are coming. why we end up in these last-minute discussions is beyond me. we need to function. i mean the house of representatives, for example, passed a budget every year. they've passed appropriation bills. the senate democratic majority and the president seem to like these last-minute deals, and we know these three issues are coming up, the sequester, the debt ceiling and the continuing resolution to operate the government. why not sit down and not wait until the last minute to get these matters resolved? look, the biggest
MSNBC
Dec 31, 2012 4:00pm PST
hour later, senate minority leader mitch mcconnell signalled his agreement with the president. >> so i agree, let's pass the tax relief portion now. let's take what's been agreed to and get moving. we all want to protect tax pairs and we can get it done now. >> however, despite what sounds like good news, there will be no vote in the house tonight even in the house reaches a deal. in fact, the senate has adjourned until tomorrow. >> joining me now when we talk a couple of hours ago, there wouldn't be a vote on either side. but maybe something from the senate tonight? quite possibly. aparentally, the sticking point, we've been talking about this all day, they wanted to delay these automatic spending cuts. they were supposed to force everybody to act. what they have agreed to is a two-month delay in those spending cuts. we're talking about $12 billion a month, $24 billion. it is a measly amount of money when you consider the federal budget. the federal budget out lays about $4 trillion a year. that's the state of play right now. they're trying to tab yup late it. chris, there is so muc
FOX News
Jan 6, 2013 9:00am PST
be ahead. the top republican, mitch mcconnell says he is taking a wait-and-see approach on the possible nomination. richard shelby from alabama is here. you served with chuck hagel. what are your thoughts about him as a potential secretary of defense? >> i have known him a long time, he has had a great experience. the system will have to play out. if he is nominated, he will go before the armed services committee and let's see what happens. he is experienced. he is a combat veteran. he has been around. he does bring more than a little dust up with him. let it play out. let's see what happens. >> the dustup, does that concern you? he has made what some have interpreted to be anti-semetic, or anti-israeli comments? >> i think it concerns, not just me, but a lot of people. he would be secretary of defense. if he were nominated and if we were confirmed, that's a very, very important job, a very sensitive job, a very powerful job. all of this, if he is nominated will have to play out in his confirmation hearings and perhaps later on the floor of the senate in a debate. i can't predi
MSNBC
Jan 2, 2013 10:00am PST
felt his support was much needed to be shown, especially after what mitch mcconnell did in the senate for a lot of house republicans. >> mitch mcconnell cut a deal and had 45 republicans. >> passed out of the senate with 89 votes, a huge bipartisan vote. >> that would have given john boehner a lot of cover. he still could not marshal the support. now with two members of his leadership going against him, cantor and mccarthy, although paul ryan interestingly voted for it, what does that mean for the caucus tomorrow? >> it's interesting. some folks speculated perhaps john boehner might not get enough votes on the first ballot to become speaker. a lot of folks think he'll be reelected without any type of incident, but there's a coalition within the house republican conference that is ready to go against what they view to be the mainstream position, the compromising position in any capacity. what i think is going to be fascinating, andrea, look forward to the debt limit. if you're a rank and file guy and john boehner said, hey, i need you. you can go back and say, yeah, but eric cantor did
Current
Jan 7, 2013 7:00pm PST
mcconnell said today that he would have some tough questions for hagel, but back in 2007 mitch mcconnell called hagel . . . and said many of the predictions chuck hagel made about the iraq war came true. the next criticism of chuck hagel is that he won't support israel enough. he has referred to a jewish lobby in washington. but today the anti-defamation league said that it would support him. still the issue reportedly does have the white house concern, and according to cnn the white house has reached out to jewish groups for their support. and then on gay rights. hagel called james hormel aggressively gay. he has renounced those words, but now a future senator who is obviously a leading advocate he told the "boston globe," quote . . . >> jennifer: so joining me now to discuss all of the president's cabinet appoints is michael o'hanlon of the brookings institute. welcome back inside "the war room." really appreciate it. >> thank you governor nice to be with you. >> jennifer: great to be with you too. brookings institution is a very respected organization. do you think hague sell a good pick? >>
MSNBC
Jan 3, 2013 11:00am PST
support among their caucus you exactly the message that mitch mcconnell needs stand on today to go forward there is a small window of opportunity, right, they, for example, kicked the can down the road on the sequestration cuts two months from now. that gives them two months and maybe they will be in a better negotiating position then. maybe. we will see. >> eugene, any reason to believe that the latest deal brought senator mcconnell any closer to the white house because, you know, he seems poised to have this debt ceiling fight that the president clearly wants to avoid. >> well, i think ab is absolutely right. the idea is mitch mcconnell saying what he has to say today, taking this tough line. but he has always been a dealmaker. that's kind of what he does. this al qaeda combination of mitch mcconnell, vice president biden, got a deal done this time. the stage is set for them at least to try to do that again, especially speaker boehner not going to have a negotiation with the presidents, that kind of toss the ball into the senate court. i do not frankly think that mitch mcconnell
MSNBC
Jan 9, 2013 9:00am PST
to be like that. then you hear news mitch mcconnell, parts of the party, outside groups, we're going to primary you, mitch mcconnell, you made a deal on the fiscal cliff. jonathan, what are these erstwhile moderate republicans to do? >> run in fear, which is what they've been doing. if you're mitch mcconnell coming up for reelection in 2014 and you have seen more than one of your fellow senators and some folks in the house go down in defeat, not in a general election, but in a primary, people have been sitting on capitol hill for years, go down in a primary because they weren't conservative enough and have a 100-plus rating by the conservative union or whatever grading operation is out there, your moderation, whatever, you know, things you have to compromise, are going to go completely out the window. mitch mcconnell is going to fight for his political life, and the idea that he made this deal with vice president biden on the fiscal cliff, that's great. i can't wait to see what he's going to do on the debt ceiling, on the sequester, and on the continuing resolution as we get closer t
CSPAN
Jan 1, 2013 7:00am EST
recession. now they are trying to blame him for all of the spending. mitch mcconnell, he is a disgrace to the senate floor. he said he one of the president to be a one-term president. the people voted obama back in. host: the minority leader, mitch mcconnell, has been negotiating with the vice president joe biden to come to some sort of agreement. what you make of that? caller: i'm talking about what mitch mcconnell said in the beginning. he did not want to work with this president. the want it to see him fail. they're hurting the american people by not helping obama. obama is good for the country, but people that listen to rush limbaugh, sarah palin, and fox news, that is why this country is going down like this. host: let me get your thoughts on president obama as a negotiator. what do you think? caller: he has reached out and showed an olive branch dejon banner ever since he has been in. -- john boehner ever since he has been in. president obama has tried to work with these people to get things done, and they will not work with him. host: let's hear from ron in appleton, wisconsin.
FOX News
Jan 1, 2013 3:00am PST
play-by-play. mitch mcconnell called up -- bypassed senator reid who never got back to him on saturday and said can i speak to the vice president, joe biden? we're used to cutting deals together. like it or not, these are the two that hammered it out. they put it together. when it was all said and done, this is what joe biden had to say about how this deal actually came to fruition. >> what was said there was kind of hard to hear. what was your selling point? biden said: me. it's interesting, the senators, the democrats all got together late yesterday, and joe biden went in, and his pitch to the liberals, particularly liberal liberals was -- quote -- "this is joe biden, and i'm your buddy." he was saying this is the best deal you're going to get. you guys got to go for it, and a majority of the democrats did. >> the little smirks and all that, but the fact is he went in there superseding harry reid who wasn't getting anything done. at least something happened. people wanted to see some sort of action. they wanted to know their congressmen who went home for the break would actu
NBC
Jan 6, 2013 8:00am PST
quote the battles ahead, the top republican in the senate, mitch mcconnell. he joins me now. leader mcconnell, happy new year. welcome back to "meet the press." >> good morning, david. >> let me talk about a preview of coming attractions and the fights ahead, including the debt ceiling that was so bitterly contested back in the summer of 2011. here is something you said in august of 2011 that i wanted to show our viewers and have you respond to. you said then, i think some of our members may have thought the default on paying america's bills issue was a hostage you might take a chance at shooting. most of us don't think that. what we did learn is this. it's a hostage that's worth ransoming. is that the strategy for the coming fight over the debt ceiling? >> well, first, these last-minute deals are no way to run the government. i can tell you that. we know what the problem is. you're going to have al simpson and erskine bowles on. they have talked about this for a couple of years now. we have a spending problem. you know, we have a debt the size of our economy, which makes us look a
WETA
Jan 25, 2013 8:30pm EST
2114-word address that senate minority leader mitch mcconnell described as an unabashedly left-of-center speech that brought back memories of the democratic party of ages past. >> our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see america as a land of opportunity, until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country. our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of detroit to the hills of appalachia, to the quiet lanes of newtown, know that they are cared for and cherished and always safe from harm. >> immigration, gun control, and the comments on climate change, income inequality, and the need to preserve medicare, medicaid, and social security, and you have a pretty good picture of where he wanted to the country. how would you grade the president's speech? >> as a speech, a lot better than the first. i thought the crowd had a blast. and it was a speech that does represent his overall view of governing. >> colby, a to f? >> strong b, not on
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